St Johnstone Super Fan delivers verdict ahead of Rangers clash
This is part of a regular series from our panel of Super Fans on upcoming Rangers games. Ahead of the Rangers’ game against St Johnstone in the SPFL, we caught up with St Johnstone Super Fan @StJohnstoneFans.
Rangers head to St Johnstone on Saturday as they look to continue their good form after a shaky start in the Scottish Premiership.
The Gers sit in third place three points clear of Celtic and can jump to the top of the league with a win at McDiarmid Park.
However, the hosts have not had the best of starts and find themselves in eighth place and have only scored one goal in the league all season.
Ahead of the clash on Saturday, Ibrox News spoke to @StJohnstoneFans about the match to find out what he thinks about the Gers.
What have you made of Rangers start to the season?
I think Rangers have started reasonably well. There’s been a lot of noise about how well Celtic have started compared to Rangers, which is odd to me. The Malmö and Dundee United results will come as a great disappointment, but ultimately, Malmö aren’t a bad side, and the unbeaten league run had to end somewhere. To have qualified for the Europa League Group Stages and have nine points from the opening four games – including an Old Firm victory – is OK.
What have you made of your start to the season?
Our start has been a bit underwhelming if I’m honest. Our only win so far has been a shootout victory over Arbroath in the League Cup – although being in Europe might’ve had an impact on this. Big performances away at firstly Galatasaray and then LASK give me that little bit of optimism that we can still achieve something this season – albeit not as much as last season. Sales of McCann and Kerr have slightly dented that optimism, but there’s still hope.
Who should Rangers fear?
Considering the slightly sluggish start to our season, it’s difficult to know who Rangers should be wary of. I would say due to missing Glenn Middleton; there’ll be a lot more emphasis on Michael O’Halloran and his pace to hit on the break and also David Wotherspoon’s creative qualities. New signing Eetu Vertainen could be thrown in for this one, and as a bit of an unknown quantity, he may be able to make a difference.
Who are you scared of in this Rangers’ team?
There are the obvious answers of Morelos, Kent, Aribo etc., but I’d have probably said Hagi had he not tested positive whilst on international duty. I would probably have to go with the goalscorer the last time the sides met at McDiarmid – Scott Wright. Obviously, I don’t watch Rangers every week, but I’m impressed each time I see him – I think he offers something a bit different to the Rangers attack and can have a huge impact coming off the bench.
Who is the weak link in Rangers’ side?
Difficult to choose a weak link in last season’s unbeaten champions. The centre-halves are potentially not performing at the level they were last season, so it could be interesting to see what impact Chris Kane, should he start, can have on them. Probably too harsh to call them a weak link, though – I thought both were brilliant against Celtic.
Who will win the league?
I would probably say Rangers will win it, but it’ll be a much tighter affair this season. Whilst they’ve improved dramatically, I still think bridging the gap is a step too far this season.
If there’s ever a team that can defy the odds, then it’s this St. Johnstone team, so fingers crossed that transpires again. If I’m a realist, however, difficult to see anything other than a Rangers win, so I will say 2-0 Rangers, unfortunately.
Decent test for the Gers.
Last season St Johnstone won the Scottish Cup but finished in eighth place, and they haven’t started this campaign well at all.
It seems as if the Europa League has punished them at the start of the season, and you would expect that they will be raring to go on Saturday.
It is clear that our St Johnstone Super Fan believes that Scott Wright is the danger man, and he has been described as “outstanding” by Steven Gerrard in the past, so he could certainly be someone to keep an eye on [Rangers TV via Glasgow Times].
Ultimately, the Gers are missing a few players, but they should still have more than enough to beat St Johnstone and jump to the top of the league.
Where our Super Fan believes they will finish by the end of the season.
In other Rangers news, Steven Gerrard has confirmed team news ahead of Saturday’s game.